Law and Order
Law and Order
SVU, Episode 8.08
Production number: 08008
First aired: 21 November 2006
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Written By
Patrick Harbinson

Directed By
David Platt


Dani Beck becomes attached to a little girl named Eden after she was one of two children in a van that was driven into the river. Investigation discovers a tape found in the vehicle which turns up the killing of a nine-year-old girl in a "re-birthing" ritual, a violent and thus controversial attachment therapy technique. Dani tries to do the right thing by saving Eden but is torn when it seems as though there is nothing she can do to help. The investigation into the re-birthing turns up a foster family who abuses the children in their care, but not all of the children agree that it was abuse - which winds up affecting Dani when Eden proves not to be what everyone thought she is.


Episode summary


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Lydia Motel, Rebirthing therapy


  • John Munch: Van tried to take a short cut to Brooklyn. The river got in the way.
  • Casey Novak: There's no proof that it's a full and accurate account of what happened. I mean, the defense can say that in the missing sections a spaceship landed and aliens squashed the girl with a giant pumpkin.
  • Stabler: Dani, this is not your fault.
  • Beck: I can't do this.
  • Stabler: Why?
  • Beck: I fix things. It's who I am. But I can't fix the little girl.
  • Stabler: That's not what we do.
  • Beck: But I wanted to. And I thought I could. How do you keep doing this job?
  • Stabler: Because I have to.
  • Beck: Why? We don't make a difference.
  • Stabler: Dani, you can do this.
  • Beck: Are you asking me to stay?
  • Stabler: Dani, I can't. You've gotta be here for yourself, not for me.
  • Beck: Yeah. Goodbye, Elliot.

Background information and notes[]

  • This is the last appearance of Dani Beck.

Episode scene cards[]

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Hovis Residence
Queens, New York
Tuesday, October 3

152 Staines Avenue
Brooklyn, New York
Tuesday, October 3

Administration for
Children's Services
Emergency Shelter
Tuesday, October 3

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Ignatius Petty
Adoption Agency
Queens, New York
Wednesday, October 4

Offices of
Dr. Arlen Rieff
121 East 55th Street
Thursday, October 5

Trial Part 27
Tuesday, October 24

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